Educational Resources

Learn about the urban forest and its benefits. Learn how to plant, mulch, prune and maintain your trees, how to manage your community’s urban forest and more.

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Community Outreach

We reach out to the community by organizing events and supporting a variety of initiatives. These include Urban Forestry Roundtables, Urban Tree Health Care Workshops, supporting local Tree Steward groups, awarding Academic Student Scholarships, supporting the Virginia Big Tree Program and more.


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We need your help! Volunteer! Become a Tree Steward! Attend a workshop or roundtable! Support our academic scholarships! Spread the word about Urban Forestry!

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Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Helping the Community and Preserving Virginia's Trees Since 1990

The mission of the Virginia Urban Forest Council (Trees Virginia) is to enhance the quality of life through stewardship of our Commonwealth’s urban and community trees.

Our philosophy is providing a healthy place for forests in our urban communities; this requires that we work together to protect and enhance the natural environment. All who live and work in the communities around Virginia affect the condition of the forested areas.


Registration is now open for the 2017 "Urban Forests for Your Health:  How Trees Can Save Your Life" NOVA Conference!  Learn how to be a sponsor of this event!

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) holding fall tree sale! 

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) were featured on the PBS program Virginia Home Grown on WCVE/WHTJ on Tuesday October 3 at 8:00 p.m.  Three members participated in the segment:  Jacki Vawter on site in the plant nursery of member and former President Dr. Jay Gillenwater, where trees are nurtured and prepared for the twice yearly tree sales, Tim Maywalt on the potting shed segment, and Phil Stoke in the Q&A portion of the program.  CATS President Martha Orton notes "Tree Stewards have so much to offer our communities and we hope that this program will help highlight this fact". 

The 2017-18 Tree Steward Mini-Grant Program application period is now closed!

NEW!  Click here for the Trees Virginia 2016-17 Annual Report infographic

Click here for the detailed Trees Virginia 2016-17 Annual Report

Check out the cool video "What is Urban Lumber?" on the Virginia Urban Wood Group page!Pr

The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund is now at $80,428, over 75% to the goal! WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL OF $100,00.00! Read more.

Did You Know:

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Conference Call
10-18-2017 9:00 am
Category:  Free
Southeast Virginia (SEVA) Urban Forestry Roundtable
10-23-2017 9:00 am
Event Categories:  Free | Roundtables

Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture